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Dr. Schiff is a general academic pediatrician and health services researcher focused on understanding how substance use in pregnant and parenting women impacts the health of children and families. She is the Medical Director of the HOPE Clinic (Harnessing support for Opioid and substance use disorder in Pregnancy and Early childhood) at Massachusetts General Hospital, a multidisciplinary program caring for women and families with substance use disorder from the time of conception through the first two years postpartum.
Dr. Schiff completed her undergraduate training at Columbia University, medical training at the Boston University School of Medicine, pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, general pediatrics research fellowship at Boston Medical Center, and master’s program in health services research from the Boston University School of Public Health. Her research is focused on improving care for families affected by substance use and her past scholarship has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Pediatrics, Academic Pediatrics, Journal of Substance Abuse and Treatment, and Substance Abuse, among other journals. She is an Instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
A study from research team consisting of investigators from the Mass. Department of Public Health and several academic medical centers, led by a MassGeneral Hospital for Children physician, found that opioid overdose events decreased during pregnancy, reaching their lowest level during the third trimester, but then increased during the postpartum period, becoming significantly higher during the second six months after delivery.
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